and order type, maybe not to barbour's degree, but close to that. but somehow, personal relationships, people making special pleadings on behalf of others, as jack quinn did on behalf of mark rich. as denise rich did on behalf of mark rich. here a very similar situation, as you mentioned, some of these prisoners who got the pardons were actually working for years in the governor's mansion, under a fairly odd kind of work release program, where some of the prisoners, i guess, were providing household services there. and it appears the governor became friends with them and decided that they were meriting of release. but the notion that it wasn't posted, as is required under the mississippi constitution, for 30 days, in the newspaper, and that the victim families were not even contacted or their opiniof sought, again, just baffling. >> this is not the last chapter on this story, either. josh gerstein, thank you very much, from politico. >> okay, andrea. up next, the battle for the south with republican party leaders from south carolina and florida. plus, who's killing off iran's top scientists?